Apr 11, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) is pressured by Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 98-86. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Eastern Conference Finals 2014 preview: Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers split four regular season meetings

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After the Indiana Pacers took down the Washington Wizards 93-80 on Thursday night to win their second round series in six games, they switched their focus to the Miami Heat.

After losing to the Heat in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2013, the Pacers were confident both teams would meet again in 2014 and they wanted to make sure they had home court advantage this time around. Despite their late-season struggles, they managed to earn the top seed and will indeed host the Heat in a potential game 7.

These two teams met four times this season, with each team winning twice. The home team went unbeaten.

They met for the first time on December 10 in Indianapolis. Roy Hibbert scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds to defeat the Heat 90-84.

Just eight days later, the Heat took down the Pacers 97-94 in Miami. The Heat rallied from an 11-point deficit and used a late 10-0 run to get the win. LeBron James led the way with 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while Paul George led the Pacers with 25 points, eight rebounds in six assists.

The two teams squared off again in Indianapolis on March 26. The Pacers got 23 points and eight rebounds from George, rallying in the fourth quarter for an 84-83 victory. James had 38 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the loss.

In their final meeting of the year, the Heat defeated the Pacers 98-86 in Miami. James scored 36 points in the win.

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